Brexit fail­ure a cat­a­strophic breach of trust, says May

Daily Messenger - - International -

LON­DON: A fail­ure to de­liver Brexit would be "a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy", PrimeMin­is­ter Theresa May has warned.

Writ­ing in the Sun­day Ex­press, Mrs May pleaded with MPs to back her Brexit deal in Tues­day's crunch Com­mons vote.

Not do­ing so risks the UK leav­ing the EU with no deal or Brexit not hap­pen­ing at all, she said.

Mean­while, No 10 is said to be alarmed at the prospect of MPs tak­ing con­trol of Brexit if Tues­day's vote is lost.

The Sun­day Times is re­port­ing a plan by a cross­party group of MPs to change Com­mons rules to en­able back­bench mo­tions to take prece­dence over gov­ern­ment busi­ness if Mrs May's deal fails.

This would give MPs, rather than min­is­ters, con­trol of par­lia­men­tary busi- ness and side­line the prime min­is­ter.

One pos­si­bil­ity is that back­benchers could then legally com­pel the gov­ern­ment to de­lay Brexit be­yond the set de­par­ture date - a pro­posal some MPs have al­ready called for, says BBC po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent Chris Ma­son.

It was pre­vi­ously thought only min­is­ters could ex­tend the two-year Ar­ti­cle 50 process, which gov­erns how a mem­ber state leaves the EU.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 au­to­mat­i­cally, whether the deal is passed by MPs or not.

Writ­ing in the Sun­day Ex­press, Mrs May said the Com­mons vote on her Brexit with­drawal deal would be the "big­gest and most im­por­tant de­ci­sion that any MP of our gen­er­a­tion will be asked to make".

The PM is widely ex­pected to lose the vote on the with­drawal agree­ment she reached with the Euro­pean Union, some­thing some min­is­ters have said will lead to Brexit "paral­y­sis".

Ad­dress­ing the paper's read­ers, Mrs May said: "When you turned out to vote in the ref­er­en­dum, you did so be­cause you wanted your voice to be heard.

"Some of you put your trust in the po­lit­i­cal process for the first time in decades. We can­not - and must not - let you down.

"Do­ing so would be a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy.

"So my mes­sage to Par­lia­ment this week­end is sim­ple: It is time to for­get the games and do what is right for our coun­try."

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